When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.
Absolutely a book that you can't review! Doing so will give it away. Extremely Cleaver.
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Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.
This is a collection of stories, but you don't notice that immediately. All are told through by the same person (who is certainly not Pat Conroy)This is not autobiographical as it is incredibly personal. It starts in Italy, but does not stay there. He returns to his home to continue the stories. Eventually, you learn how they all lead to this moment. I've listened to Prince of Tides (a different autobiographical-like tale that proves none of these are actually Pat Conroy) and I can't rate it higher or lower than this one. They are all fully deserving of their part of your life.Give your self a life changing experience and download this book.
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
It reached beyond mysteries to remind me of true dedication to a cause and the undeniable risk thereof. I loved every Three Pines person even more in this book, and I will always be there should Louise Penny have any more of these in her. She is essentially a perfect novelist. I admire her commitment and her ability to write this through the loss of her husband. What a tribute this is to his passing and her continuance. I hate reviewing books, because there is always something that I might say that will blow the book for others. I'm not going there. Read this one!
Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
There are books that one can rank, give stars to, recognize for specific achievements. This book is far beyond that. It is an experience like none other. Listening to this book didn't just transport me for 20 some hours, rather it taught me, improved me, allowed me to understand things I hadn't before. There's no rating system for this experience. Just get this book. It is a marvel.
On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
This book is unusual. its tone is peculiar -- at least it seems that way to me. I'm absolutely going to look up how many other books, if any Noah Hawley wrote. I'll be listening to them as well. I liked how it ended -- not so much the who-did-it being answered, but more the way that it is all revealed. I hate rating books like this one. I think there are flaws, but the raw material of a great writer is absolutely here.
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
This is masterfully done.portraying the life of an abused human being. I hate to dangle any hints, though the book is so much bigger than any hints I could dangle. This life is an extreme life, as it is completely black until suddenly the individual is free and able to function for the first time. He makes life-long friends and is adopted as an adult. There are so many facets and points of view. You have to take it all in and you will never be sorry. if I had only a handful of books I could read in my life time (and I am already 65) this would be one of them.
Jessie Black's successful prosecution of a serial murderer and rapist put her on the path to stardom at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Public defender Jack Ackerman represented the opposition, and his spectacular public breakdown after the trial put him in a mental institution and gave Frank Ramsey a second chance at freedom. When Ramsey petitions the court for a new trial with a claim that Ackerman was ineffective, Black must step up to defend him.
I felt that it was worth it. Something about the narrator, her timing, her sleep-inducing voice caused me to replay this over and over again until I finally caught the critical chapters that I had missed. I have to put lots of the guilt for repeatedly falling asleep onto me. I use these books to fall asleep as I am seriously afflicted with pain and this is the best choice of drug.
The book isn't perfect, but there's hope for him to improve. There were numerous bumpy near-but-not-quite-successful twists and turns. I'm hoping he can improve the story telling just a tad and become the potentially solid writer that I believe he can be.
I also liked that he has a woman narrator. I have almost never heard of a male writer using a woman narrator. There is absolutely no problem with choosing that, but few do
I think the issue with the timing is partially my fault and partially that the books' switches to different people were somehow not clear enough. I would have added a sub-title to each chapter that indicates the person who is the focus of the reader's attention.
Dillard has become the district attorney in Northeast Tennessee. He becomes heavily involved in the investigation with Sheriff Leon Bates and soon realizes that he is up against an enemy that he has never before encountered - someone so rich and so powerful that the course of justice could be altered by money and political influence. But when bodies start showing up in his driveway and his family is threatened with termination, Dillard must ask himself a previously unthinkable question.
I'm surprised, because I thought I would love this book, given my vaguely positive impression of his earlier works, and because of what other reviewers said. I thought it was so incredibly improbable. that it was hard to swallow. I also felt like Tim Cambell had to be re-listened to many times, due to the strong similarity in his voice between the different points of view that he was assuming. I'm not complaining and I'll probably listen to more of these books, but I'm hoping for a kick ass female narration for a change, as the male voices are starting to bore me. I will be back, though.
Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?
The stories impressively join together here. Loved the effect of the different stories within the over-arching story. Some complete, but then continue to resonate.Some live on.The collection of all of them yields a full tale of the atrocity that we can't ever put away.
Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.
I hope she meets Bosch and they find a narrator with more spunk. I found that she was somewhat hypnotic to listen to and can't decide if that is the main problem with this book or not. I know I am eager to hear more, if she could be portrayed through a narrator with a bit more oompf. I'm running out of my own, internal oomf these days.